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10:55 PM ET, August 31, 2010

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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
President Obama's Oval Office speech on Iraq — text  —  Oval Office Remarks by President Obama, as provided by the White House  —  Good evening.  Tonight, I'd like to talk to you about the end of our combat mission in Iraq, the ongoing security challenges we face, and the need to rebuild our nation here at home.
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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Humility and Honesty About Iraq Can Inspire Trust  —  Later today, President Obama will speak to the American people about Iraq.  No doubt he will laud the “end of major combat operations” by the date he randomly selected some 18 months ago.  His press secretary Robert Gibbs also gave us …
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Oval Office gets a makeover  —  While President Obama was on vacation, his West Wing office got a bit of a face lift, complete with a new rug, fresh wallpaper and paint, and new furniture — all done at no taxpayer expense, the White House says.  —  Details of the renovation were released to the pool reporter this morning.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The “nobody-could-have-known” excuse and Iraq  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  The predominant attribute of American elites is a refusal to take responsibility for any failures.  The favored tactic for accomplishing this evasion is the “nobody-could-have-known” excuse.
Discussion: At War and TalkLeft
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama declares it's time to turn page on U.S. mission in Iraq  —  President Obama officially declared an end to Operation Iraqi Freedom Tuesday night, saying the time has come to “turn the page” on a war that has lasted almost eight years.  —  “Tonight, I am announcing that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended,” Obama said.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, CNN and The Reaction
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
Drunkblogging Obama's Iraq Speech
Discussion: Instapundit and TigerHawk
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Obama on Iraq, and the economy
Discussion: The Foundry and CNN
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
President Barack Obama: ‘Turn the page’
Discussion: CNN
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Gibbs vs. the Historical Record
New York Times:
Obama Says Iraq Combat Mission Is Over
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Counting of absentee ballots begins  —  From Sean Cockerham at the Alaska Division of Elections office in Anchorage —  Joe Miller's lead over Lisa Murkowski just grew slighly with absentee and questioned ballots from the Mat-Su.  —  Miller now leads Mukowski by 1,460 votes.
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Publius / Big Government:
Joe Miller Set to Win Alaska Senate Primary  —  Sources in Alaska have informed Big Government that the trend in the count of absentee ballots makes it virtually impossible that Sen. Murkowski will overtake Joe Miller in the GOP Senate Primary.  A trusted and well-placed operative told BG:
CNN:
Murkowski campaign: We could know tonight  —  Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is currently trailing political newcomer Joe Miller in the race for the Alaska GOP Senate nomination.  —  Anchorage, Alaska (CNN) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski could concede the GOP Senate primary as early as Tuesday night …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Glenn Beck “Restoring Honor” Rally Crowd Estimate Explained  —  As part of our coverage of Glenn Beck's “Restoring Honor” rally Saturday, CBS News commissioned the company AirPhotosLive.com to offer an independent estimate of how many people showed up for the event.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Glenn Beck Is Not Malcolm X.
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Republican leads Senate race in Pennsylvania  —  (Reuters) - Republican Pat Toomey has opened a 10-point lead over Democrat Joe Sestak among likely voters in a Senate race in Pennsylvania dominated by economic worries, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Democrats' New Normal  —  I don't usually like to comment on individual polls.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Did Democrats Get Here?  —  We talked this morning …
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Meghan McCain Writes that Palin Brought ‘Drama, Stress ... Panic’ to Campaign  —  Sen. John McCain's Daughter: Sarah Palin's Rise Was ‘Too Fast,’ ‘Too Easy’  —  For the first time since the end of her father's 2008 presidential bid, Meghan McCain, Sen. John McCain's daughter …
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ABCNEWS:
EXCERPT: Meghan McCain's ‘Dirty Sexy Politics’
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Why Wall St. Is Deserting Obama  —  Daniel S. Loeb, the hedge fund manager, was one of Barack Obama's biggest backers in the 2008 presidential campaign.  —  A registered Democrat, Mr. Loeb has given and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Democrats.
Mark Halperin / The Page:
HALPERIN'S TAKE: Pawlenty's Efforts to “Limit” ObamaCare in Minnesota  —  This is a classic Pawlenty move that combines....  ...governing principle with clever 2012 positioning.  Leaving aside now the substantive merits of the Minnesota governor's executive order, barring some huge development …
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CNN:
TRENDING: DGA ‘matches’ $1M News Corp. contribution to RGA  —  The Democratic Governors Association has raised over $1 million off of the news that News Corporation gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association.  —  (CNN) - The Democratic Governors Association announced Tuesday …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   DGA claims $1 million from Fox e-mail
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Health Care Bill Nobody Wants to Talk About  —  As Jay Cost of Real Clear Politics notes, it's pretty obvious that the Democrats' electoral woes are directly tied to the passage of the health care bill.  But somehow horserace analysts like Jonathan Alter, Jim Vanderhei and Mike Allen don't want to talk about that.
Discussion: Weigel
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Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
Health Care Reform Has Endangered the Democratic Majority
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Busted!  Fox's Carlson Catches Gibbs In A Naked Lie—Asks 6 Times If Obama Will Credit Bush Tonight  —  Gibbs's lie was so deep, I had to freeze frame so you could see exactly what Obama said about the surge in 2007.  He's one smug, flippant jerk too.
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
AP Source: Unlikely Two Men Were Plotting Terror Attack  —  Washington (AP) - The FBI probe of two men arrested in Amsterdam after suspicious items turned up in one of the men's luggage is finding they were probably not on a test run for a future terror attack, a U.S. official said Tuesday …
Discussion: MLive.com
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Joan McCarter / Daily Kos:
Simpson to disabled vets: You cost too much  —  Fresh off of being forgiven by the White House, Simpson has a new target. … Just like the irony of millions of Americans paying into Social Security on the promise that they would receive benefits back, while the rich get off the hook …
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Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Aging vets' costs concern Obama's deficit co-chair
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Newshoggers.com
Jo Piazza / Fox News:
John Cusack Calls for ‘Satanic Death’ of Fox News, GOP Leaders  —  During the 2008 election, Cusack spoke out against John McCain for MoveOn.org.  —  Actor John Cusack went on a caustic Twitter rampage Sunday evening, attacking former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Fox News.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Previewing Ohio  —  We'll start rolling out our Ohio poll results tomorrow but there's one finding on the poll that pretty much sums it up: by a 50-42 margin voters there say they'd rather have George W. Bush in the White House right now than Barack Obama.  —  Independents hold that view …
 
 
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